Laundry and Utility Fixtures Buying Guide
Laundry rooms and mudrooms are busy places, so they need sinks and faucets that are both durable and stylish. This buying guide can help you learn more about the fixtures that are available and determine which ones are right for you.
Types of Laundry and Utility Fixtures
Whether you want to add vintage charm to your laundry area or create a streamlined look, it's easy to find a sink that's up to the challenge. Old-fashioned freestanding laundry tubs are still available, or drop-in sinks can be added to a countertop above cabinets if space is an issue. If you really want to streamline laundry chores, you may want to splurge on a jetted sink that takes the hard work out of hand-washing clothes. If you plan to combine a laundry room and mudroom area, a floor sink becomes a convenient option. Here's a look at the most common laundry fixtures available.
Also called laundry sinks or laundry tubs, these sinks are convenient for hand-washing clothes or for gardening chores, such as watering plants or washing pots. The sinks vary in size and depth. You can opt for a freestanding model with legs for a vintage look, or go with a wall-mount version or a standard drop-in or undermount sink installed in a countertop.
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A few manufacturers offer laundry sinks with micro-jets, which can help lift dirt from fabric on clothes that need to be hand-washed.
These models, installed in the floor, are handy additions to the mudroom or utility room. They form a convenient dog-washing station or can be used to fill large buckets or wash off muddy boots.
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You can use a faucet specifically designed for the laundry room or a standard kitchen or bath faucet. Although deck-mount faucets are more common, you can also use a wall-mount faucet if it works with your laundry room setup. Most importantly, check to make sure the faucet will work with the sink you choose.
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No one wants to spend any more time in the laundry room than they have to, so look for features on sinks and faucets that increase convenience and streamline chores. Here are a few handy options you may want to consider when selecting fixtures.
Molded-in drainboards available on some sinks are designed to help with hand-washing clothes.
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Some sinks feature a high backsplash that helps prevent water from splashing onto the wall behind it.
Added under the sink body by the manufacturer, these features help decrease noise and are especially important for stainless-steel sinks.
Some sinks come with built-in accessories designed to create moveable work areas for soaking or pretreating laundry.
Sinks with a rear or offset drain have pipes at the back of the cabinet, so you have more cabinet space below to use for storage.
Faucets with a spout that can be extended on a flexible hose can help with cleaning tasks.
Faucets with an arched spout can make it easier to fill large buckets of water.
As you're shopping for laundry and utility fixtures, think about how you want your laundry room to look. Do you want your fixtures to stand out and add vintage charm, or fade into the background? Also keep space constraints in mind, and measure carefully before shopping for a sink. It's important also to think about how you'll use the space on a daily basis. Will the room be solely devoted to laundry, or will it double as a mudroom or gardening area? The answers to these questions can help lead you to a sink and faucet that suit your needs.
Laundry and utility sinks are available in a variety of materials; each material has its own advantages and disadvantages. Cast-iron sinks, featuring a layer of porcelain enamel over cast iron, are durable and easy to maintain, and they're available in a variety of colors. Their smooth, glossy surface helps hide water spots, but they are susceptible to stains. Cast-iron sinks are often very heavy and may require a sturdy countertop and a special sink-base cabinet. Acrylic sinks are lightweight, easy to install, and more affordable than many other sink options. Their surface is stain-resistant and easy to clean, and scratches can be sanded and polished out. Stainless-steel sinks are affordable, durable, and easy to cleanóbut they can be scratched through everyday use and look dingy if you don't wipe them out regularly. Faucets, meanwhile, are available in a variety of finishes to match the color and style of your laundry room. Chrome is an affordable and versatile option, but many other finishes are also available.
As you are considering the various sink types and configurations, consider how you will use it on a daily basis. If you'll be primarily using it for hand-washing clothes, look for a model with an integral drainboard. If you'll be using the sink for gardening tasks, you may want to opt for an extra-deep basin to make watering plants easier. If you need a place to wash your dog or will be combining your laundry area and mudroom, consider a handy floor sink.
As you're shopping for a laundry or utility sink, consider the size of your laundry area as well as existing cabinetry. If you'll be installing the sink in a countertop with cabinets below, make sure the sink is sized right for the sink-base cabinet. If space is at a premium, consider purchasing a compact model. It's also important to choose a faucet that complements the size of the sink to ensure a balanced look.
Many laundry faucets are centerset models that require only one faucet hole, but if the spout and handles are installed separately, you'll need a sink with at least three holes. Some longer, trough-style utility sinks are designed for two or even three faucets. Consider what's best for your needs and space requirements.
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